Clarence Valley lifeguards will be put through their paces on Sunday during a training and proficiency day.
Clarence Valley lifeguards will be put through their paces on Sunday during a training and proficiency day. Warren Lynam

Lifeguards prepare for summer beach season

CLARENCE Valley lifeguards will be put through their paces at the Australian Lifeguard Service training and proficiency day on Sunday at North Beach in Bellingen Shire.

The training and proficiency day will test those wanting to become ALS lifeguards against strict criteria to ensure they are able to provide a safe beach experience for the community. The day will also prepare the lifeguards for the long season ahead, and allows lifeguards to hone their rescue skills.

The proficiencies consist of physical testing components, as well as advanced first aid, resuscitation and spinal components.

Each lifeguard is required to complete a timed swim and a timed rescue mission, as well as first aid and emergency management components.

ALS northern NSW lifeguard co-ordinator Scott McCartney said the training and proficiency day was very important in ensuring the ALS continued to deliver the highest quality service to the public.

"Our main priority is to make sure our lifeguards are equipped with the skills needed to keep beach-goers safe. The training and proficiency day assesses participants on their currency of skills and prepares them for the long season ahead," said Mr McCartney.



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